Huskies Meet In Des Moines For USA Championships
June 23, 2010
SEATTLE - The nation's elite track and field athletes are Iowa-bound this week as Des Moines plays host to the 2010 USA Track & Field Championships at Drake Stadium. Washington will have 12 former, current, or future Huskies on hand to compete between this Thursday, June 24, and Sunday, June 27.
Eight Husky alums will compete in the senior championships starting on Thursday. First up will be 2008 World Championships competitor Ryan Brown in the 800-meters first round. Katie Follett, who just concluded her eight-time All-American career earlier this month at the NCAA Championships, will run in the first round of the 1,500-meters on Thursday as well. In the first final for a Husky, former distance standout Mike Sayenko, also a top marathoner, will compete in the 10,000-meters.
Also on Thursday at the same site begins the USA Junior Championships, where current Husky freshmen Shayne Moore, Joe Zimmerman, and Logan Miller will all compete, as will incoming recruit Kasen Covington of Idaho. Day one features Moore in the 110-meter hurdles, and Covington in the long jump.
Friday's senior competitors will be highlighted by three-time U.S. Outdoor Champion and two time World Champion Brad Walker, who will compete in the pole vault for the first time since an injury a year ago following a win at the '09 U.S. Championships.
2006 grad Will Conwell, sixth at the 2008 Olympic Trials, will throw the discus on Friday, while recently graduated Falesha Ankton will look to continue her hot streak in the 100-meter hurdles. Ankton recorded a huge PR in her final Husky race at NCAAs in Eugene, running 13.18 to finish 9th and earn her first individual All-America honor.
Headlining the juniors on Friday will be Zimmerman in the javelin. The UW rookie is coming off a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Championships to earn All-America honors in his first go-roudn. Also on Friday, Miller will look for a PR in the women's pole vault. She cleared 12-6 ¼ outdoors this season and tied for 8th at the Pac-10 Championships. Covington will also be back in action in the triple jump on Friday.
Saturday would feature the final for Follett in the 1,500-meters and semis and the final in the 100-meter hurdles if Ankton can advance.
Two more Husky greats compete for the first time on Sunday. Three-time Olympian Aretha Thurmond is back to toss the discus in search of her fifth U.S. title, while nine-time All-American Norris Frederick searches for his first career title in the long jump. If Brown moves through to the 800-meter final, that would wrap things up on Sunday afternoon.
ESPN and NBC will both be televising large portions of the senior competitions. On Friday, ESPN will broadcast from 5-7 p.m. Pacific. ESPN starts out on Saturday airing coverage from 10 a.m. until 11:30 a.m., then switch over to NBC for another hour of coverage at noon. The exact same schedule is followed on Sunday.
All portions of the meet that are not being televised will be streamed live on Flotrack.org.
Falesha Ankton, 100-meter Hurdles
Ryan Brown, 800-meters
Will Conwell, Discus
Katie Follett, 1500-meters
Norris Frederick, Long Jump
Mike Sayenko, 10,000-meters
Aretha Thurmond, Discus
Brad Walker, Pole Vault